NBC has picked up an additional season each of its popular summer alternative series America's Got Talent and Last Comic Standing. America's Got Talent (Wednesdays, 8-10 p.m. ET and Thursdays, 9-10 p.m. ET) will return to the NBC schedule at mid-season while Last Comic Standing (Tuesdays, 9-10 p.m. ET) will resume next summer with all-new episodes. The announcement was made by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.
"Both of these series have been bright spots on the summer television landscape," said Reilly. "We think they'll be around for a long time."
As of July 19, America's Got Talent, the new break-out series of the summer, is averaging a 3.8 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 11.3 million viewers overall this summer, making it the #1 original summer series in total viewers. America's Got Talent has improved the Wednesday 9-10 p.m. (ET) slot over NBC's 18-49 average for the same nights last summer by 74 percent.
Last Comic Standing has ranked among the week's top-10 programs with each of its original telecasts this summer. Averaging a 3.7 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall, Last Comic Standing has increased the Tuesday 9-10 p.m. (ET) hour by 95 percent versus NBC's average in the time period last summer.
Hosted by Anthony Clark (Yes, Dear), Last Comic Standing is the Emmy Award-nominated series that takes viewers on a nationwide talent search for the funniest comedians in America. Outrageous contests, surprise guests and unexpected twists and turns make for a lively competition with America ultimately choosing the winner who gets an exclusive talent contract with NBC and their own comedy special on Bravo.
America's Got Talent is hosted by television legend Regis Philbin (Live with Regis & Kelly). The talent competition series brings the variety format back to the forefront of American culture showcasing the hottest performers from across the country, all vying for a $1 million grand prize, with the winner being chosen by the television viewing audience.
Each week, the show features a colorful array of hopeful future stars -- singers, dancers, comedic performers and unique acts of all ages who have a chance to strut and perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges, including actor, singer and executive producer David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Brandy (Moesha), and United Kingdom television-media personality Piers Morgan.